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Manchester on a Budget

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Manchester on a Budget
Most of the museums in Manchester are free, so it is easy to find free entertainment.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Whitworth Art Gallery
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Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK's finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Heaton Park
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Heaton Park

This is a huge park with a number of facilities including a public golf course and a small farm that is great for young children.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
The Lowry
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The Lowry

Situated on the waterside at the heart of The Quays, The Lowry is a stunning, award winning building housing two vibrant theatres, a studio space, relaxing art galleries, cafés, bars, a restaurant, souvenir gift shop and Salford’s Tourist Information Centre. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West... More

Situated on the waterside at the heart of The Quays, The Lowry is a stunning, award winning building housing two vibrant theatres, a studio space, relaxing art galleries, cafés, bars, a restaurant, souvenir gift shop and Salford’s Tourist Information Centre. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West End musicals, the very best in drama, live bands, famous comedians, plus world class dance and opera.Gallery entry is free and you can enjoy the work of one of the nation's favourite artists, LS Lowry, in changing exhibitions of his work which we hope will offer some surprises. At the same time, experience work by artists of local, national and international renown to compliment our Lowry exhibitions. There's always something new and refreshing to see in our galleries.With family fun throughout the building, guided tours, the Meet Mr Lowry film, plus participatory activity for all ages, The Lowry is a great day out. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Imperial War Museum North
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Imperial War Museum North

Fascinating presentation of a timeline of 20th-century conflict. Part of Imperial War Museums

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the region’s most popular cultural destinations. It recently underwent a £35million expansion and refurbishment that transformed the museum into a world-class gallery displaying many of the city’s most important fine and decorative art works. The collection covers more than six centuries of work, but the museum is best known for its 19th century British... More

Manchester Art Gallery is one of the region’s most popular cultural destinations. It recently underwent a £35million expansion and refurbishment that transformed the museum into a world-class gallery displaying many of the city’s most important fine and decorative art works. The collection covers more than six centuries of work, but the museum is best known for its 19th century British paintings. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Museum of Science & Industry
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Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry includes permanent galleries spread across five historic buildings and collections ranging from early textile machinery to modern X-ray equipment.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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John Rylands Library
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John Rylands Library

The University Library of Manchester provides an extensive range of services and resources to actual and virtual visitors.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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